The goal of the CooperVision Science and Technology (S&T) Award Program is to bring award recipients and CooperVision together to explore new areas of technology advancement. These awards will bring the best ideas forward to enable the transition of concepts into real-world solutions. Proposed research should demonstrate significant potential for research discoveries and the rapid commercialization of technological advancements within the CooperVision key focus areas for FY2017.
FY2017 FOCUS AREAS
The key focus area for FY2017 are:
- Strategies to improve contact lens comfort; emphasis on devices and non-pharmaceutical approaches with novel modes of action (ocular or non-ocular) to retain, manage or enhance moisture at the ocular and/or lens surface
- Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to: Novel Materials, Coatings, Microfluidics, Methods to Stimulate Tearing
- Insights into the retinal response from optical defocus
- May include measures or method development to increase understanding of the cellular signalling pathways or other biological changes associated with normal eye growth and eye growth prevention in refractive error
- Technologies to expand the functionality of contact lenses as a wearable device for application beyond conventional vision correction
- Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to: Electronic and Battery Miniaturization, Biological Data Sensing, Wearable Display Technology
Research proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages. For this purpose, two types of awards are offered:
CooperVision Seedling Award
The CooperVision Seedling Award is intended to incentivize collaborations with CooperVision in a new research area for a one year period. The maximum total cash amount for a CooperVision seedling is $100,000.
CooperVision Translational Research Award
The CooperVision Translational Research Award is a multi-year award for a substantive translational research project with funding over two years, totaling up to $400,000.
In addition to proposals describing technology specifically developed for use in ocular applications, CooperVision is also interested in proposals describing technologies that may be repurposed for ocular use with funding and guidance from CooperVision.
Although these funding awards are intended for academic scientists, CooperVision is also interested in learning about companies who see the potential for partnerships. Please use the Response Form to introduce yourself to CooperVision!
See Full project details for more information. Contest opens on April 8, 2016. Must apply by May 30, 2016 to be eligible.